This 10-day trip to Western Europe’s top cities includes the highlights of each. We start in Barcelona for the 10th Anniversary of the Abroadfest Music Festival so the usual nightlife will be even more exciting. (Tickets are not included so make sure you order early online if you wish to attend.) We continue on to enjoy the romance of Paris, the chilled vibe in Amsterdam, and the alternative atmosphere in Berlin.
With our included walking tours, you will have chance to discover Amsterdam’s museums and canals, explore Paris’ world-famous landmarks and learn about the history of Germany. There is plenty of free time for shopping, sampling the diverse local cuisines and enjoying the varied nightlife. You’re guaranteed a vacation you won’t forget whisking through Europe with Bus2alps!
Travel overnight from Florence to Barcelona is by private coach.
We arrive in Barcelona around lunchtime On Friday afternoon you can either enjoy the Aboardfest if you have tickets or start to explore some of Barcelona’s most amazing sites throughout the various neighborhoods. Later in the evening, the night will consist of stops at Barcelona’s popular bars such as Los Chupitos or L’Ovella Negra, ending at one of its world-renowned nightclubs.
As well as the music festival (tickets not included), don’t miss the incredible Sagrada Familia, the beaches, one of the many museums, or hang out in one of Barcelona’s famous districts. Your trip leader will be available to take you to Gaudi’s Park Güell, for the best views of the city and inform you about how to get to Barcelona’s top sites, including the Olympic Village, the Picasso Museum, and the beach.
After breakfast at our accommodation in Barcelona we check out of our hostel and store the luggage so that you can continue exploring Barcelona before we depart for Paris in the evening.
We travel overnight and arrive in the morning. We store our luggage and head into the centre of Paris to join our Paris Walking Tour which takes us to the Notre Dame, Pont des Arts, Les Tuileries, the Louvre and much more. The tour ends near the Louvre where you can stop in to see its over 70,000 pieces of art or to check out other museums, shop on the chic Champs- Élysées, or hang out at the Eiffel Tower with a picnic. Ask your Trip Leader for some recommendations for the best crepes in Paris, explore one of the many famed neighborhoods or take a stroll along the Seine River. The night is yours to check out Paris’s bustling nightlife, scope out the sunset at Sacre Coeur, or stroll around the quaint streets of Paris.
We depart Paris for Amsterdam on Tuesday morning. On our way to Amsterdam, we make a stop in Bruges, Belgium. We head to the charming Markt, Burg Square, Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Belfry of Bruges. You are free to enjoy the famous Belgian waffles, mussels, frites (french fries), chocolate and of course Belgian beer. From Bruges, we continue to Amsterdam where we check into our accommodation. You have the evening to explore Amsterdam.
After breakfast, instead of the usual walking tour, we take an included canal cruise. The cruise ends at the main station from where it is just a short ferry ride over to the north side of Amsterdam where you will find the flight simulation experience ‘This is Holland’ and the A’Dam Lookout. Amsterdam is also rich with museums, boasting the largest volume in Europe. We recommend making time to see the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Anne Frank House. Entry to the Anne Frank House is optional but we highly recommend booking tickets in advance as availability is very limited. The night is free to explore Amsterdam’s engaging and provocative nightlife.
After breakfast we check out of the hostel and spend the day in Amsterdam. You have chance to do the optional self-guided tour of the Heineken Factory which includes a walk through the brewery, beer tasting, and a small souvenir or check to out the shops or any of the museums you missed. We depart for Berlin in the early evening.
On Friday we wake up to the city that first divided Europe and then reunited it. We join our Berlin Walking Tour to get our bearings. The tour takes us to Brandenburg Gate, The Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, The Reichstag, Mitte Town, and Museum Island. From there, you have the day free to check out Museum Island, get a view of the city at the TV Tower, shop at the markets, or explore the city. In the evening you can sample the eclectic night scene. Berlin’s nightlife is extensive and has something for everyone’s tastes.
We check out of the hostel after breakfast, store our luggage and then you have the day free until we depart in the early evening. You can join your guide to visit the East Side Gallery along the Berlin Wall or continue exploring on your own. Return to Italy is by overnight coach. We expect to be back in Florence by lunchtime.
Paris Walking Tour: This tour explores centuries of Parisian history, romance, and beheading.
Amsterdam Canal Cruise: There is more to this city than just coffee shops and red lights! Cruise along the beautiful canals of Amsterdam providing great insight into the unique culture of this city.
Berlin Walking Tour: The Berlin Walking Tour helps bring the past of a divided city that changed the face of Europe to the present.
East Side Gallery consists of a series of murals painted directly on the remains of the Berlin wall.
The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees to mention just a few of Paris’ iconic landmarks.
Heineken Experience: This tour of Amsterdam’s most well-known brewery includes a behind-the-scenes look at the factory, beer tastings, and a small souvenir. Everyone with Bus2alps will receive a discount on their ticket price and a designated entry time.
This is Holland: This Ultimate Flight Experience allows you to soar above the Dutch landscape and see the country’s must-see sights. Without leaving Amsterdam travel around the breathtaking country and learn about the history and how they succeeded in reclaiming the land from the seas.
La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell: Gaudi’s stunning Basilica Sagrada Familia is a must-see when in Barcelona. Construction of the church began in 1882, and continues to this day, with a completion date set in 2026. While the Art Nouveau exterior of the basilica is quite beautiful, a visit to the Sagrada Familia is not complete without exploring the unique architecture of its interior. Gaudi’s other most-notable creation sits atop Carmel Hill with stunning views of the city. The group will spend a relaxing afternoon amongst Park Güell’s multi-colored mosaics.